Tuesday, July 27, 2010

My Little Lillstina

Lillstina Counter-balance Loom - Sweden

Well, not so 'my' is my Lillstina! It belongs to my friend, Maria, who lives in Reykjavik, Iceland. Since she couldn't move it with her, due to lack of space, I'm the current foster parent. I'm saving up for when the day comes and I have to purchase my own. Eek!

And not so little is 'my' Lillstina! It measures a wide 46" across! The widest piece I have ever woven on the loom so far has been my rug, at 24".

A few of you have asked about pictures of my loom, which is something that I never thought of, and I don't know why. I'll take more at a later date, once the studio has been cleaned up. I'm trying to decide on a shelving unit and paint colors.

And that horrible green scarf. Ugh - since you can see the warp on these pictures I think it fitting to show you the disaster. The colors were just awful together and my beating wasn't right on.

I played a bit with another color yarn, treadling for the Earl's Canvas - getting ready to weave my scarf. Back to the loom to tie on the new warp...

3 comments:

DEEP END OF THE LOOM said...

I love your blog can't remember how I found it but am glad I did! I like the colors of the warp, the green is really bright. Will you be experimenting with other colors on it to see what would work for you?

Anonymous said...

You mentioned requests for pictures of the Lillistina. Would that be possible. I am trying to put one back together again. I have the handbook (such as it is), but am having trouble with the treadle stringing. And, I have only ben able to find a very few people who have Lillistina looms.
Thanks for whatever you can manage.

Anonymous said...

HELLO......I USED TO HAVE A LILLSTINA WHICH I HAD PURCHASED USED WAY BACK IN THE LATE 1960'S EARLY 1970'S....I ALWAYS STRING MY SHAFTS OR HARNESSES TO THE TREADLES WITH THE 1ST TREADLE HAVING SHAFT 1 AND 3 AND THE 6TH TREADLE HAVING SHAFT 2 AND 4......ALTERNATE THESE AS YOU WEAVE AND YOU HAVE PLAIN WEAVE.......
FOR TREADLE 2-SHAFT 1 AND 2,
FOR TREADLE 3-SHAFT 2 AND 3,
FOR TREADLE 4-SHAFT 3 AND 4,
FOR TREADLE 5-SHAFT 4 AND 1,

WEAVE EACH ONE OF THESE AGAIN AND AGAIN WITH A NORMAL THREADING AND YOU'LL HAVE AN ORDINARY STRAIGHT TWILL....

AS FAR AS THE LILLSTINA IS CONCERNED.....THE SWIVELING BEATER WAS WONDERFUL....BUT THE METHOD OF WARPING FROM THE UPPER STEEL BEAM DOWN TO THE FLOOR AND OVER ANOTHER STEEL BEAM AND THEN UP TO A WOODEN BEAM AND THEN THROUGH THE HEDDLES MADE ME INSANE....I TRIED EVERYTHING I COULD THINK OF AND EVERYTHING DIDN'T WORK AND THE HEAVY LINEN BEAM LINES SNAPPED....THE SOLUTION....IS TO FIND A CARPENTER OR A WOODWORK AND MAKE 2 PIECES OF WOOD FOR EACH STEEL BEAM AND SCREW THEM IN PLACE SO THEY WILL NOT MOVE.....ATTACH YOUR WARP TO THE NEW WOOD BEAM...MAYBE WITH A BEAM CLOTH....I SOLD MY LILLSTINA AND BOUGHT A TOIKA....WHICH WAS A MISTAKE.....I NOW HAVE A BABY WOLF.....